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July 2010 newsletter

Bonjour First Name

In this newsletter, we update you on our recent trip to France and our stalls at French Expos,
tell you about new properties for sale and rent in France, have a competition from Holidays to
Europe for you to enter to win loads of French goodies, give you a recipe for cheese souffle and
facts about the French Tour de France which has just ended but has a special start next year.

A la prochaine
Sharon et David

Wild flowers and wild times on our summer French trip

The last time we were in France during summer was when our daughter, who is now nine, was two months old. We were mainly looking forward to seeing a few local festivals which we always seem to miss out on as they are only in the summer months of June and July (and often August).

However, this trip we got much more than we could have imagined: some appreciated like the wild flowers alongside roads and in country fields, then others not so like the recent canicule/heatwave that hit France and most of Europe.

Read more about our trip and see our holiday photos at:

French Expos abounded before and after Bastille Day

In the lead up to France's national day on 14 July this year:

- Melbourne in late May played host to Paris to Provence, a market style exhibition with around 50 exhibitors at the Abbortsford Convent promoting French business/activities

- Brisbane held its French Festival mid July at South Bank where over 50,000 people wandered through stalls, ate lots of French food and were entertained with all sorts of French acts during the day then with the Bal Populaire at night.

At these two festivals/exhibitions, French desire had stands  - thanks to everyone who came along to see us. Also, congratulations to Bernadette who attended the Brisbane Festival who won the Apple iPad we were giving away.

For things French in Oz ongoing:

New Midi-Pyrenees properties for sale on our website

The Midi-Pyrenees is in the southwest of France bordering Spain and is the largest region in France. It contains some amazing places like Toulouse, Lourdes, Cahors, Moissac, the Lot, Tarn Gorges, Rocamadour and St Cirq Lapopie. (For more information like this don't forget our regional guide).

Annie Johnson came to France from Australia in 1991. She now works as an independent immobilier mainly in the Aveyron area of the Midi-Pyrenees. At present she is specialising in properties under 100,000 euro and has three of these to offer us (see photos in same order left):
1. petit one bedroom maison in Lot Valley (44,000 euro)
2. five room house with a sunny terrace (33,500 euro)
3. four apartments in one house to rent (86,500 euro).

You can find detail and photos of all of these properties at: If you are interested in any of them, email us.

Also, one of our members, an Australian artist, is regretfully selling her 2 in 1 cottages plus land in the Lot area of this region. More information on this property is to come in August's newsletter; however, in the meantime, click here.

New historic house for rent in the SW of France

Australian owners of this pre-Napoleonic heritage listed house have recently finished traditionally restoring and renovating it to be available for other Australians to rent.

Opposite the house is one of the many nearby weirs and river walks. The house can sleep up to 8, has 2 bedrooms, a large day room, dining room with a fire place, separate kitchen and an acre of land touching the river. You can totally relax in serene surroundings and with the complimentary drinks you receive on arrival. Watch out for horse drawn carriages that pass by the property in summer. The owners live nearby for 9 months of the year so can ensure that your stay is one to remember - in their absence, an English/French speaking neighbour assists. There are opening rental special prices for this property ranging from $600-800 AUD a week.

For more information on this property and location go to:

  Holidays to Europe competition for French goodies
The prize pack is valued at over $350 and includes travel and L'Occitane vouchers, French magazine subscription, books/ DVD and Paris city guide. Click on the icon below before 31 July and tell Holidays to Europe in 25 words or less what comes to mind when you hear the word 'France':

Recipe for cheese souffle - fromage au souffle

The word souffle is the past participle of the verb souffler which means to blow or puff up. Make the cheese version:

 © A.S.O. Facts about the Tour de France + 2010 and 2011 races

Le Tour de France is the world's most famous bicycle race:
The 2010 race ended with Aussie Cadel Evans, who wore the yellow shirt for a few days, finishing with his broken arm around the same spot as Lance. Next year the race starts in our region and will go very close if not through our village:
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